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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / The Old West

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.

Announcing the Charter for the First Bank in the Missouri Territory limited edition print
August 21, 1813

Paper Signed & Numbered - $0.00
Paper Artist's Proof - $300.00



Paper Prints

Reproduction technique: Fine offset lithography on neutral pH archival quality paper using the finest fade-resistant inks.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Image Size: 19" x 25-1/2" • Overall Size: 24" x 30"
Signed and Numbered • Edition Size: 1,000
Signed Artist's Proof • Edition Size: 50

Early in the nineteenth century, St. Louis, a city growing prosperous from the fur trade, considered itself to be "the capital of the West." On August 21, 1813, Auguste Chouteau read an announcement of the charter for the first bank in the Missouri Territory. Standing beside him on the porch of the Laclede-Chouteau House was Manuel Lisa who, with Chouteau, dominated the fur trade in those early years. Among those present was also Governor William Clark, explorer of the West.

Date Created: 1981


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2020. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.